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Posted by support at Jul 19, 2010, 8:41:01 PM
iCal Export Feeds Available
In our prior announcement we unveiled support for importing iCalendar feeds into your localendar. We now announce the ability to export your localendar as an icalendar feed.

The iCalendar feed for your public events is accessible at:
http://www.localendar.com/public/yourmembername?style=X2

With this feed, you or your visitors (there is also a small "iCal" icon at the bottom of your public calendar view next to the RSS icon) can add a live feed of your localendar to a Google, Outlook, Apple, or other calendar that supports the iCalendar standard. We export the full recurrence information for an event. In other words, if you set up an event to repeat every 1st Monday and 3rd Thursday in localendar and you import your calendar into Google, it will repeat the same way there, too.

Our support for merging in iCal feeds and publishing to iCal will be the primary export/import feature we will be concentrating on going forward (support for the Wyncs plugin will be discontinued in the near future, but we will still support CSV import/export)

When you edit events, the feed is automatically updated with the changes. Some programs may only download the feed once (like Google) so you might need to delete/re-add it to see the updates.

Other stuff:

  • The Feed noted above only exports Public events (since it's on your public calendar view). We will offer an iCalendar download of your entire calendar for logged-in members in the near future.
  • Events that are marked as "Move to Friday/Monday if this event falls on a weekend" will not be moved in the feed.

One more thing!
Like iCal merging, iCal exports (to both feed and file) will not require a Premium subscription. We will be adding some other features in this area, but all iCalendar functions will be free. In fact, all of the import/export functionality will be moving to "Free" in the near future.
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Posted by mneiswender at Aug 25, 2010, 12:21:22 PM
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Hi,
Trying to sync my daughters elementary school localendar to my google calendar via your iCal support.
But all the events which appear correctly on the schools localendar page appear one day earlier on my google calendar. So for example today, August 25, is the first day of school on the school's calendar, but on my google calendary it appears via iCal as an event for yesterday, August 24.
I am linking to the url indicated by the iCal logo on the localendar-generated web page: http://www.localendar.com/public/lacyelem?style=X2

Any help?

Posted by support at Sep 11, 2010, 8:06:57 AM
Re: iCal Export Feeds error
It turns out the iCalendar specification is s little vague in this area. We export an all day event like August 25 in a format like this:

DTSTART: 08252010

However, Google expects to see it as
DTSTART: 08252010
DTEND: 08262010

To us (and others) this doesn't make sense. Saying the event ends on the 26th would rather seem like a 2-day event taking place of Aug 25-26.

But this is how Google interpreted the spec for All Day events (other events should work fine). We are looking into a way to accomodate everyone, whether they are using Google, Outlook, or another calendar program.
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Posted by BRAARC at Sep 14, 2010, 7:19:58 PM
Re: iCal Export Feeds error
Thank you for adding this feature. I've had great success adding it to my google calendar. However, when I sync with my Ipod calendar the notes show the html as part of the text. Any ideas for a work around?? Thank you! Keep up the good work.

Posted by support at Sep 16, 2010, 10:14:06 PM
Re: iCal Export Feeds error
If the descriptions contain HTML, we leave it in with the hopes that whatever you're syncing with will display it. I'm not sure if we can (or would) want to remove it unless we specifically knew what you were syncing with.

I don't have any ideas for a workaround, but I'll give it a think...
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Posted by hcmgroup at Oct 20, 2010, 7:12:29 PM
Re: iCal Export Feeds Available
How do I add an iCAL icon to my calendar so I can sync with Google calendar?

Posted by support at Oct 20, 2010, 10:15:04 PM
Re: iCal Export Feeds Available
There is already a small ical icon at the bottom of your public calendar
(http://www.localendar.com/public/hcmgroup)

Is that what you're after?
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Posted by HerndonBand at Oct 28, 2010, 2:51:54 PM
Re: iCal Export Feeds Available
I have a calendar with a default time zone of EST, and in your web site, the times for events are correctly showing.

But when imported into Outlook, the times all render one hour off because we are really in daylight savings time right now.

You need to take DST into account when creating and editing event times.

Posted by support at Nov 1, 2010, 6:05:03 PM
Re: iCal Export Feeds Available
That's one opinion wink

Have a look at this post:
http://www.localendar.com/lcf/lcforums/viewthread?thread=5801#16130

When *we* import iCal events, we look at the Timezone they originate in and see if DST is currently in effect. We also look at the Timezone of your calendar to see if DST is in effect also. And we compare location data. Some programs like Outlook and Google Calendar interpret the iCal spec a little more loosely.

Think about it: An event in tagged as Nov1, 9PM, New York timezone should import into *any* application set for the same location/timezone at the time of 9pm. Why would you ever adjust this by an hour? But Outlook does so blindly.

We are testing to see if they work correctly against GMT and if so we may export all events relative to this instead of local timezones. This is not an uncommon problem. We've seen many DST interoperability issues described while researching this functionality.

[Update]
Since Google and Microsoft have pushed DST calculations on the feed provider, it seems like we have no choice but to follow to preserve interoperability with them sad We've made a change that should correct your issue. However, what we still need to figure out is how to handle repeating events that span DST changes. We'll be doing some testing with Google and Outlook to see what they export and what they expect.
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Posted by support at Nov 4, 2010, 5:30:04 PM
Re: iCal Export Feeds Available
OK - we've done even more testing, specifically with Outlook and Google, and recurring events that span Daylight Saving Time changes should display correctly when you import from localendar.

Please let us know your thoughts!
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